That’s a mighty giant crochet hook, but what to do with it?

giant hook2I’ve had this giant, wooden crochet hook for the longest time, I may have found it in an OP shop or perhaps someone gave it to me… I simply can’t remember… in any case, it’s been sitting idle in my hook collection for many years with no idea what size it could be (though compared to a 6.50 mm (US K), it’s mighty big), or what it could be used for…

I’m presuming that some clever person hand-carved it & lovingly sanded it down to feel as smooth as silk… nevertheless, I’ve always found it awkward to work with &, after a few of feeble attempts, just abandoned it…giant hook1

That is, until a couple of months ago when I wanted to crochet some really woolly, chunky scarves, you know the kind that you can wrap around & around yourself, thick & lush to keep out the frostiest cold winds… &, suddenly, that mighty giant hook might just be the ticket… I started with 2 strands of yarn… No, not chunky enough… 3 strands, then 4 but finally settled on 5 strands of what I hope are complimentary colours. It wasn’t nearly as awkward as I remembered & the scarves worked up really fast. I think I got a bit carried away too, hence their length… the yellow/brown one being approx 272 cm (107”) & the green one approx 317.50 cm (125”).

So that’s a couple of scarves… I’m sure there are many more items that could be created with this mighty hook… I just haven’t thought of any yet… Any ideas? Or perhaps you have your own giant hook story… we’d all love to hear them…

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Freestyle Knit, Freeform Crochet scarf, shawl, wrap

Just finished this freestyle knit, freeform crochet scarf, shawl, wrap & listed it for sale in my Etsy shop

I’ve named this piece ‘Creme de Menthe’ for it’s sweet peppermint, turquoise & beige shades & gorgeous, spicy pizzaz – finding the right colours for the freeform motifs was a bit of a challenge but I think they work well & the chunky glass & tiny metallic beads add  that something extra

I’m very pleased with the result…..

Crochet Fan Lace Shawl, Wrap, Scarf Pattern

My newest Crochet Fan Lace Shawl/Scarf/Wrap Pattern is a little different from the norm in that it’s worked from the bottom up, which is fabulous when you have a limited amount of a particular yarn & you’re unsure just how far it will go – just start at the bottom & keep going until you run out of yarn.

The crochet fan lace shawl/scarf/wrap pattern works up quickly & can be worked in your choice of yarn & hook size

I used Scheepjeswol Granada 100% 8 ply cotton for the pattern photo item.

  • The pattern includes:
  • the shawl/scarf pattern
  • both UK & US terminology
  • clear stitch drawings & pattern diagrams (charts)
  • step by step instruction for the Clone Bobble tassel

My Mum gave me 2 x 50 gram balls of this yellow & what I can only  guess to be some kind of acrylic mohair…  demanding I make something…. my first thoughts were ‘eeegads…!!’ Really? It’s so very bright & garish… &, well,.. so yellow…. nevertheless I did as I was told & to my surprise it worked up beautifully &  Mum  is super delighted… so it goes to show… you never know until you have a go….

And then, I simply had to have another go with the crochet fan lace shawl/scarf/wrap pattern this time using 4 ply Mini Mochi by Crystal Palace Yarns. Don’t you just love this yarn? Colour way, texture & workability… all of it, gorgeous…

So there you go folks.. a ‘can do’ for beginners & a quickie for the more experience… have lots of fun with this newbie

You can purchase the Crochet Fan Lace shawl wrap pattern from here or, if you prefer, from Ravely ~ Etsy ~ Zibbet

The Medallion Scarf Crochet Pattern…

The Medallion Scarf Crochet pattern.

What a challenge this little number has been to put down on paper… but Yay!.. my perseverance has paid off & I’ve finally finished creating this easy to follow pattern for you to enjoy.

The Medallion Scarf is a fun, funky & distinctive crochet pattern for anyone who would like to try something different & new. I wouldn’t recommend it to an absolute beginner but anyone with average & above crochet skills will find this an interesting exercise & end up with a novel scarf that definitely has the Wow Effect!

  • The pattern includes:
  • scarf & tassel pattern instructions
  • both UK & US terminology
  • clear stitch drawings & pattern diagrams (charts)
  • clear, step by step, instruction stitch drawings tutorial for working the Medallion

For best results, use a large hook (6.00mm (J)) & any 8 ply yarn… plain or variegated… your choice… they all work well with this pattern… but feel free to experiment with your own choice of yarn. I hope you have lots of fun with this one…

  • For the pink scarf I used: 160 grms Bendigo Woollen Mills, Rustic 8 ply (Wineberry928)
  • For the variegated scarf I used: 150 grms Cleckheaten California 8 ply

The Medallion Scarf Crochet Pattern is available from here or if you prefer you can go to Ravelry ~ Etsy ~ Zibbet

Crochet Lace motif PDF pattern for scarves, shawls, wraps, vests & tops

The Crochet Lace Motif pattern is one of many that I (hopefully) will be posting over the next few weeks as I complete them – what I like about this one in particular is that it’s a great little exercise for learning how to join motifs as you go… the pattern isn’t too complicated & the easy to follow joining instructions will have you creating in no time… You can purchase The Crochet Lace Motif pattern from here… or if you prefer, you can also go to Ravelry, Etsy, or Zibbet – I hope you enjoy it…

This is a lovely crochet lace motif that works up very quickly &, once mastered, is easily committed to memory – ideal for shawls, scarves & wraps but also works well for shrugs, boleros, vests & tops. Each motif can be made separately & then sewn or crocheted together… or, you can do what I do & join motifs as you go

  • The pattern includes:
  • the motif pattern & clear instructions to join as you go
  • both UK & US terminology
  • clear photos, stitch drawings & pattern diagrams (charts)

The size of your motif is determined by your choice yarn & hook – average size is approx 9 cm x 9 cm (3½” x 3½”) but will vary according to yarn/hook used –

For the wrap in the above photo I used 5 x 50 gram balls of 100 % 8 ply cotton Thorobred scheepjeswol, Granada – Hook Size: 6mm (US J)

For the wrap in the below photo I used 5 x 50 gram balls of Crystal Palace, Mini Mochi – Hook Size: 6mm (US J)